Ansible is a radically simple deployment, configuration, and command execution framework. It is dead simple and painless to extend. Extending Ansible does not require programming in any particular language; you can write modules as scripts or programs which return simple JSON. It’s also trivially easy to just execute useful shell commands.
Chef is a systems integration framework, built to bring the benefits of configuration management to your entire infrastructure. With Chef, you can manage your servers by writing code, not by running commands (via Cookbooks), integrate tightly with your applications, databases, LDAP directories, and more (via Libraries), and easily configure applications that require knowledge about your entire infrastructure ("What systems are running my application?" "What is the current master database server?").
ChiMeRA is a configuration management tool designed around three basic concepts. The first is a framework for managing servers, allowing for command execution and file transfer over SSH. The second is a repository for managing files that enables change tracking, archiving, and management of various user definable configuration files across multiple servers through a standard revision control tool. The third concept is an aesthetic principle of simplicity, giving administrators straightforward interfaces to manage complicated environments.
MN Viewer (Mobile Network Viewer) is a lightweight framework designed for system administrators who would like to be able to monitor many aspects of their network from their mobile phone. It allows for very simple expansion using simple PHP plugins. It is designed to integrate with other monitoring tools such as Cacti.
MachDB is machine database to catalog of the changing state of your hosts. It consists of a database, an aggregator, an XML spec, and some example information gathering scripts. Along with a Web UI, these form the basis of a system that will allow you to catalog the current and historical state of the hosts in your infrastructure. It has been designed with scale in mind, and the goal is to support 10k hosts. It is being actively developed and is used in production at a few organizations.
Mr Bix is a TCP proxy of sorts in which an incoming connection becomes two outgoing connections, only one of which returns data to the original incoming connection as with a normal TCP proxy; data returned from the other is discarded. It is intended to be used to permit testing of new services or servers with live traffic.
RHash is a utility for computing hash sums and creating magnet links. It supports CRC32, MD4, MD5, SHA1/SHA2, Tiger, TTH, Torrent BTIH, AICH, ED2K, GOST R 34.11-94, RIPEMD-160, HAS-160, EDON-R 256/512, WHIRLPOOL, and SNEFRU hash algorithms. Hash sums are used to ensure and verify the integrity of large volumes of data for long-term storage or transferral. RHash can calculate magnet links and EDonkey 2000 links. It can update existing hash files by adding sums of files missing in the hash file. It can output in a predefined (SFV, BSD-like) or user defined format. It can process directories recursively.
Sequencer is an engine used by system administrators for the computation and execution of sequences of actions over hardware or software. It can ping various devices in parallel, power on your whole cluster, or generate an Emergency PowerOff (EPO) script for your data center or cluster. It takes into account various dependencies (power off nodes before switches, clients before server), deals with failures kindly, and is very efficient (>4000 nodes in less than 10 minutes).